Decreasing Youth Incarceration May Have Several Benefits, Report Says

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows new trends in the effects of juvenile detention. The report calls residential treatment of minors wasteful and says jailing fewer juveniles does not necessarily result in more youth crime. Around 20 percent of youth that go through the detention centers in Kentucky are there […]

Kentucky Youth Poverty Rates Rising Faster Than Adults

Child poverty in Jefferson County is increasing more quickly than Kentucky’s adult poverty rate and all areas of the state are contributing to some of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) released information it compiled using data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey. The data shows Jefferson County’s […]

Teens Will Again Face Lean Summer Job Market

With local unemployment above ten percent, Kentucky Kingdom still closed and federal funds lacking, summer job opportunities for area teenagers will again be scarce. Mayor Greg Fischer has sought to raise money for summer jobs programs and he’s encouraged businesses to hire students on summer vacation. Kentuckiana Works Executive Director Michael Gritton says an announcement […]

Youth Rights Conference to Discuss Food Justice, Bullying and Sex Ed

Bringing together high school students from across the commonwealth, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice are hosting the 2011 Youth Rights Conference in Louisville this weekend. The summit begins Saturday and is aimed at helping students learn more about civil liberties issues. Discussion topics are […]

Unemployment & Young Workers

STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/09/11: Teen unemployment reached almost 26% in January. New college graduates face daunting competition to secure even low-wage, temporary jobs; finding employment related to their desired career is even more challenging. 16-24 year olds have been hit hard by the economic crash. Not only are jobs scarce, but many Baby Boomers aren’t retiring when expected. So what options exist for Kentucky’s young people? How can they gain experience, additional education, and a paycheck? How do they avoid the emotional toll of long term unemployment? We sit down with our guests to explore the causes and possible solutions for unemployment among young workers in the Commonwealth.  Listen to the Show

How Do Our Kids Count in Kentucky and Indiana?

Given the state of the economy, it should come as no surprise that the number of U.S. families in poverty is on the rise. As the latest Anne E. Casey Kids Count report bears out, poverty is having a devastating effect on the kids of Kentucky and Indiana. Join us on Tuesday as we discuss the latest Kids Count report.

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